Last week I posted on The Sarcastic Muse about the importance of research. I am reposting that post here because I cannot stress enough that the key to a successful story includes having all the correct facts. Authors cannot make up a load of BS and expect the reader to be accepting (unless that unsettled, distrustful feeling is what you want the reader to have).
Research is what pushes an author’s work that extra mile. In the end, research saves on the horrifying experience of being called out on made up facts.
We are human, which enables us to inherently perceive bullshit. Hemingway once said that a writer must develop an internal bullshit detector. In other words, a writer must be able to look at their work and distinguish that it is not flat out full of mumbo-jumbo. One small piece of BS could figuratively force a reader to throw out a book. A reader must feel like they can attribute factual merit to a writer’s work.
A sure fire solution to prevent a piece of writing from being, well, a load of crap is research.
Ah, I see I now have the attention of the fact checkers!
To read the full post, please click here.
As a special note, there is less than one month until the Shore Leave convention! As a special tribute to the release of the Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity anthology, author Phil Giunta will be posting a weekly interview with all of the authors from the anthology.
Last week, Phil posted his interview with yours truly, which can be read here.
This week, he posted an interview with the talented Susanna Reilly, which can be read here.
Keep an eye out on his blog for the weekly interview post with each anthology author. The posts will occur up until the release of Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity at the Shore Leave convention on August 1st, 2014.